Surprisingly, it was not his photo-surrealistic works which we came across first; but rather, his segmented collection of miniature oil paintings of eyes and mouths on glass boxes.
Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen is a self-taught Norwegian oil painter who is recognized for his paintings about “the dark sides of life, nihilism, existentialism, longing and loneliness”. His works often depict ‘impossible’ scenes which look like a dream. This allows his works to be open for many interpretations.
With a large following on Instagram under the account name of Paintguide, this account became highly successfully after it was taken over by Alex Kanevsky. Soon, other like-minded artists joined the Paintguide family, and in 2015, they produced a pop-up exhibition at Unit London gallery.
These depictions of eyes and mouths on glass are results of his ongoing series which is showcased on his Instagram account. Even though they are much smaller in scale in comparison to his classic figurative paintings, these pieces also explore the idea of surrealism and is further juxtaposed a fragile sense of beauty.
Image source: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2017/02/oil-paintings-of-eyes-and-mouths-on-glass-by-henrik-uldalen/